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FREE Bingley Summer Holiday Activity Sheet

If you’re out of ideas already, download this FREE summer holiday ideas activity sheet (made by me!) for things to do in and around the Bingley area – click here to download –Bingley Summer Holiday Activities – print (black and white will work fine), stick on your fridge and cross out each activity as you go along! Here’s how we’re coming along so far…


Get printing and see how many you can do!



East Riddlesden Hall

Hundreds of years ago this West Yorkshire manor was a thriving farming estate. Today East Riddlesden Hall makes a great day out for the whole family. You can make mud pies, build a den, weave with natural materials, play traditional games on the lawn and lots more. There’s over 50 acres of space waiting to be explored.

Various activities take place throughout the year. Please see the What’s On Page for full details. Don’t forget that admission for under 5s is FREE.

Natural play area

The play area with its slide, swings and a wooden climbing frame, is a great place for little ones to burn off some energy on. There are plenty of benches for parents to relax on with a hot drink from the tea-room.


Discovery garden

Look out for bugs and squirrels in this part of the garden. There’s a Hobbit House for hiding in, a log for balancing on, a new natural weaving frame, a den building area and the best mud pie kitchen in the National Trust.


Bird hide

The bird hide provides a chance to spy on local wildlife. Use the spotter sheets to see how many different types of hungry birds are joining us today. Pick up a wax crayon and create your own bird rubbing.

Lower fields

There’s a great space on the lower field for flying a kite or running around with a football. If you’d like to stretch your legs a little longer, the far fields are great places to spot some wildlife. The willow tunnel is a great hiding place and leafy den, and there are picnic benches down there too. The tea-room and toilets are within easy reach at the top of the secret steps.

Hands on in the house

As well as exploring the outdoors, there’s a historic house waiting to be discovered too. Inside you can have a go at playing some of the games, touch and smell the food and lots of other hand-on activities that will give you a sense of living here.


Opening Times

Opening times vary so please check here

Prices (varies if you pay gift aid)

  • Adult: £7.00
  • Child: £3.50
  • Family: £17.50
  • Free admission for National Trust members and under 5’s


  • Bradford Road, Riddlesden, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 5EL


  • Historic house and barn, gardens, natural play areas, tea-room, shop, duck pond and lower green space. Toilets include accessible toilet and baby change facilities.
  • Telephone: 01535 607075
  • Email: eastriddlesden@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/east-riddlesden-hall/, www.facebook.com/eastriddlesdenhall



Bolton Abbey

“Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe, Bolton Abbey is Yorkshire’s best day out.

Its landscape is the “jewel in the crown” of Yorkshire’s many landscapes, and the 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside boast over 80 miles of footpaths to walk and explore, providing something for all ages. From our ever changing events programme providing activities for children to fishing on the River Wharfe, you’ll find a host of activity awaiting you.

Explore the ruins of the Priory and discover a landscape full of history and legend. Walk along the riverside, woodland and moorland paths and enjoy local produce in the excellent restaurants, tea rooms and cafes, treat yourself in the quality gift shops or simply relax beside the river with a picnic whilst the children play – Bolton Abbey has it all.

We love Bolton Abbey as a family! In Summer there are picnics and running around the woods – in Winter bring your flask and wellies for squelching in the mud and playing pooh sticks on the bridge.

Entry fee is £8 per car which includes parking for the whole day at any of the sites. We usually park at the Pavillion, get a latte and then walk on the main path to the Strid, via the money tree – if the kids can make it! The Abbey is also worth an explore if your kids aren’t keen on walking. Play hide and seek amongst the ruins, examine the grave stones and watch people trying to cross the stepping stones. Skim stones on the many beaches and paddle in the little bays.


£8 per car. Motorcycles £4.

£3 per vehicle Monday to Friday from November to 11th March 2016 inclusive, excluding Christmas and February half term holidays. The ticket is transferable to all three estate car parks on the day of your visit. Blue badge holders do not receive a discount.

£80 for a yearly season ticket which also includes further discounts across the estate.

Opening Times

Opening times are listed here.


General Enquiries
Estate Office
Bolton Abbey
North Yorkshire
BD23 6EX

Days out near Bingley – National Media Museum

Like many people in Bingley, I do try and avoid going into Bradford if I can at all avoid it. Having said that though, I am quite fond of Bradford city centre in a funny way – there are definitely some hidden gems and there is also plenty of affordable things to do, if you know where to look. Today we decided to do something a bit different to normal, and my two small sons and I headed to the National Media Museum to see what they had on as they often run interesting events in the holidays. We parked with no problem at all in a small car park right behind the museum (cost £2.40 for four hours) and strolled right in. The museum is actually free, and actually is pretty awesome. On the ground floor is a really fab recently refurbished cafe and I was really surprised how good it was – though we actually took a picnic as I remembered from last time there is a nice picnic area too. On the first floor there was a chance to create your own photo with various props and bits and bobs – as an ex teacher I couldn’t really see the learning objective but maybe I was missing the point a bit, probably. Anyway, my two boys enjoyed it and we ended up on the website – excitement! There are a further five floors which contain loads of interesting bits and bobs from really old televisions to film sets and my two boys loved messing around pretending to be in Telly Tubby land. There is also a “light” room with lots of different ways to mess around with light rays/reflection/refraction which again, as a teacher I was loving.

The best bit for us was the IMAX film we went to see – something about the Unseen World – I think it was £7.75 for adults and £5.95 for children three and over. It was a 3D film and my children loved wearing the glasses and “reaching out” to anything that appeared to leave the screen, we really enjoyed it!Image

I really recommend the National Media Museum for a day out to families in Bingley – it was really quiet today which worried me as I would really hate to see this amazing facility close due to lack of visitors.

Stump Cross Caverns

We decided to try a new day out today as we’re a bit bored of doing the same thing every weekend. So for a change we took a drive over to Pateley Bridge and went down the caves at Stump Cross Caverns. Our children are 3 and 5, and though initially our 3 year old was a bit reluctant, he soon got into it and we really enjoyed our visit. There are no set times for tours, you just go down into the cave whenever you want to. Things to remember are:

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